In addition to the revenues received from rate payers, the City is using money from its Solid Waste Reserve Fund to moderate the increase in the rates and cover the costs of operation. It is important to maintain a healthy balance in the Solid Waste Reserve Fund to address unforeseen emergencies. For example, in the event of a major earthquake, money from the Reserve Fund would be used to provide citywide debris removal, as well as to acquire a location to stage debris before its disposal. At its public hearing to adopt rates on October 27, 2020 the City Council may consider an option, which uses a greater amount of Reserve Funds, and result in rate increases, which would be $1.00 to $3.00 lower per billing period for single family residential customers, than those indicated in this notice. Lower rate increases would also result for commercial customers.